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Call for ideas: Recommendations on research and innovation topics in quantum technologies for space-based systems

Call for ideas: Recommendations on research and innovation topics in quantum technologies for space-based systems
Published on: 04/02/2020
The Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space is looking for recommendations for quantum technology research and innovation (R&I) activities for space systems. These ideas can range from basic research to demonstration and validation in the operation environment, as well as studies. The objective of this call is to identify critical areas of R&I where EU investment is needed to enable EU self-sufficiency.

The European Commission is fully engaged in the second quantum revolution and a number of initiatives led by the European Commission are already in place, notably the Quantum Flagship Initiative. The European Commission is now considering the use of quantum technologies in and/or for space, for example for the development of a satellite-based quantum communication infrastructure, the use of quantum sensors on-board satellites, and the use of quantum computers for the processing of space data.

The European Commission initiated some early activities with the COST Action ‘Quantum Technologies in Space’ (PDF). The development and use of quantum technologies requires prior investment to develop and mature key components used on-board satellites or on the ground. The identification of these key areas requires consultations with those involved in the quantum revolution including R&D, industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research institutes and universities.

We invite you to participate in this call for ideas by filling in the questionnaire and sending it to DEFIS-QTS@ec.europa.eu by 30 March 2020.

Responses will be treated confidentially and will be used to help prepare the European Commission quantum technology roadmap for space. If you provide personal data to the European Commission in the context of this consultation, it will be processed as described in the privacy statement.